Guest Blogger: Veteran Outdoor Adventure Program

May 12, 2016 12:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

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I am an Occupational Therapy doctoral student who loves the outdoors. For my capstone project at Pacific University,  I wanted to combine that love of outdoor adventures with occupational therapy, and do so in a way that benefits veterans and their families. I am working with  Adventures Without Limits (AWL) in Forest Grove, OR to implement a program for veterans and members of the Armed Forces to participate in outdoor adventures.

AWL facilitates adventures for people of all ability levels and empowers individuals through outdoor recreation.  The goal is for participants to gain new skills, increase their self-confidence, overcome fears, and work towards reaching individual goals. They can provide the gear, equipment, clothing, adaptive equipment if needed, and even transportation to make outdoor adventures as accessible as possible. I am so excited to blend some of my most favorite things to give back to the veteran population!

The AWL veteran program will begin this summer and will offer a variety of outings for little to no cost to the participants. There will be multiple meet-up style hiking opportunities in and around the Portland area. To learn more about these outings, go to the AWL Facebook page (don’t forget to “Like” them) for postings about hike details. You can also find information on all the hikes, as well as register for the hike outings, at the program’s Meetup site.

In addition to the hikes, AWL has scheduled two outings in June and July. On June 25, 2016, there will be a day rock climbing trip to French’s Dome, which is located in the beautiful Mount Hood National Forest. Following that, they will be facilitating a multi-day camping and climbing trip to Smith Rock near Bend in Central Oregon, July 15-17, 2016. For more information and to register to go on an adventure, give AWL a call at 503-359- 2568 or go to their website.

Guest blogger Michelle De Oliveira is a graduate student working toward her Doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy. She grew up in Utah where she spent a lot of time outdoors camping, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, boating, and skiing. She knows how lucky to she was live in a place where all these things were right at her fingertips, only a 30 minute drive in any direction!  She will receive her degree this year, and plans to continue volunteering with AWL. Thanks for sharing this opportunity with Valiant Seed, Michelle!

 

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